Link to New Page with Archived NC Rail-Trails Newsletters

We have recently learned that North Carolina Rail-Trails will be dissolving by early March 2017. It is unclear if any of the content from their website will be available online after that time. TRTC has assisted them in developing web content over the years and we have offered to keep these newsletters online since some portion of our site's users have also been interested in rail-trail news beyond the Triangle area. To access this page please click here

TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce Photo.com)

Fountain is Closed for the Winter at Pittard Sears

Fountain at Pittard Sears parking area.

To protect the numerous delicate parts in our fountain, we shut it down in late November. Weather permitting, we'll re-open it in late March.

2017 Letter from TRTC

We've been fairly active again this year so wanted give all our trail supporters a brief re-cap of what we did and some of our plans for 2018. Click on this link to open the 2017 LETTER

Work on Improvements at Pittard Sears Trailhead

Finishing Culvert Install at Pittard Sears

NC DOT is requiring TRTC to make a number of upgrades to bring the parking and fountain area and the connection trail into compliance with Federal and State disability rules.
Starting on September 27th, we moved over 10 cubic yards of crushed aggregates from the parking area at Pittard Sears Road about 175' to cover a 20 foot long plastic culvert on the west side of the ATT. A few volunteers came out on the 29th and 30th and allowed us to finish by noon on the 30th. In 2018 this culvert will be part of a new connector trail with a hard surface we'll be putting in to bring this facility into compliance with Federal and State disability rules. This surface has not been compacted and can be expected to settle and harden over the next 6 months.

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